Feb 06, 2024
By Jane Brown
Despite King Charles’ decision to release some information about his cancer diagnosis, there are still many unanswered questions.
Monday’s statement from Buckingham Palace says the king has begun outpatient treatment for an undisclosed form of cancer which was found during his recent treatment for an enlarged prostate but is not connected to that condition.
Charles is the head of state in Britain and head of the Commonwealth, so the public has a right to know about his health to a certain extent. But he also has a right to protect his privacy, especially his medical privacy.
Decision makers at Buckingham Palace are telling the public that he has had a cancer diagnosis but they are not telling us what sort of cancer. We don’t know what stage it’s at, we don’t know where in the body it’s affected and we don’t know what kind of treatment he’s having.
The Palace also made note in the statement that they really want to stop people from speculating.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Tuesday, everyone in Britain would be “willing him on and hopefully we get through this as quickly as possible.”
We’ve also learned Prince Harry will be travelling from his home in California to visit with his Father in the United Kingdom. And we know Prince William continues to be in regular contact with his Dad.
According to the palace, the King has suspended public engagements but will continue with state business, including weekly meetings with the prime minister.
Canada’s Governor General has released a statement. Mary Simon says she like all Canadians is sending good wishes to the King, and praised him for leading by example in choosing to share his diagnosis.